North Dakota DOC Adult Pay To Stay Policy

JT Flowers filed this request with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of North Dakota.


From: JT Flowers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the North Dakota Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

The following materials regarding the imposition, assessment, collection and balances of inmate fees and debt:

a) All current policies and procedures regarding medical and room & board costs or fees for which inmates are or may become liable. Please include all policies and procedures related to how fees are set, accrued, imposed, collected, and enforced (such as those related to per diem fees, ability to pay determinations, penalties for late or non-payment, authorization for civil or criminal action for payment enforcement, etc).

b) All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction in FY2021. Please include all relevant data regarding medical and room & board costs, including the number of individuals charged for medical and room & board costs or fees and the total amount of medical and room & board fees imposed in FY2021.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


JT Flowers

From: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Good morning,

We have received your request and estimate this will take us three hours to complete. According to ยง NDCC 44-04-18(2) an entity may impose a $25 per hour fee for locating records and excising confidential or exempt materials, minus the first hour, which is free. So your total for this request would be 3 hours x $25/hr = $75 - $25 (first hour free) = $50. Please let me know if you would still like to move forward with this request as we do require payment before releasing the records. If you do want to send a check, please let me know when the check has been mailed so I can look for it. Also note, if you want everything printed, the cost will be higher, as we do not plan to print any documents.
You can send the check or money order to:
Attn: Kayli Richards
PO Box 1898
Bismarck, ND 58502-1898

From: Katie Ryan

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $50.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

Check sent by Muckrock Staff

Pay to the order of:

Kayli Richards
PO Box 1898
Bismarck, ND 58502

Amount of: $50.00
  • Created — 02/01/2023
  • In Transit — 02/05/2023
  • In Local Area — 02/06/2023
  • Processed For Delivery — 02/07/2023
  • Deposited — 02/16/2023

From: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Good afternoon,

Attached is the work release policy. This policy does not mention room and board, but it states anyone that has been approved work release shall comply with the following rules, one of them being signing the Community Participation Rules and Regulations form (attached) which does lay out the room and board costs.

In addition, here are the accounting reports for the room and board and medical co-pays.

Kayli Richards
Director of Communications * Public Information Officer